PM Netanyahu with Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg 311 (R).
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening decided to
postpone the government's vote on recommendations put forward by the Trajtenberg Committee for
Socioeconomic Change.The finance minister did not rule out the possibility that there
may be slight adjustments to the recommendations in order to get them
passed by the government.
The prime minister came
to the decision after failing to convince a majority of government
ministers to vote to adopt the recommendations, during hours of
discussion on the issue.
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ended the government meeting without holding a vote on the matter and
decided to continue the discussion of the Trajtenberg Committee
recommendations in the next government meeting, scheduled for Sunday of
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz insisted that Netanyahu would eventually get a majority of ministers to vote to adopt the recommendations.
Steinitz said in an interview with Channel 2 that the Trajtenberg Committee report provides a solution to Israel's economic problems, the likes of which no previous government has implemented.
The prime minister had said at the start of the cabinet meeting on
Monday morning that despite opposition to the
recommendations, the government would vote on the proposals Monday.
However, already on Monday afternoon, it was becoming clear that the prime minister lacked the votes to pass the recommendations through the cabinet.
Netanyahu called Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who
is in the Ukraine, in an attempt to convince him to support the
measure. Lieberman, however, refused the prime minister's request, Army Radio
Netanyahu was also reportedly inviting a
series of ministers for one-on-one meetings in an attempt to convince
them to support the
prime minister told Likud ministers that the session on Monday would encompass
only the basic elements of the committee's recommendations. At a later
stage, he said, details and individual clauses will be examined,
formed into legislation and voted upon, Army Radio reported.
Sunday Israel Beiteinu objected and announced it had managed to secure a
delay to the vote on the recommendations, arguing that ministers need
more time to fully review the committee's findings.
Earlier Sunday, Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov asked Netanyahu to postpone Monday's government meeting on the Trajtenberg Committee report.
the name of Israel Beiteinu and its five ministers, I am notifying you
of our firm opposition to a discussion of the Trajtenberg Committee's
recommendations at the coming government meeting," Meseznikov wrote.
report, released last Monday, lists the findings of a committee headed
by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, who was appointed by Netanyahu to
recommend socioeconomic reforms following this summer's protests.